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Old 11-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Kinda Beginner / Kinda DIY

I've built a Fermentation Chamber recently, and have been upgrading it over the last few days. Clean coat of paint and some wheels go a long way

I've also scored a bucket of Chalkboard Paint, and decided to make the front of the chamber a chalkboard to jot notes on. I was going to stencil categories on the front, and "fill in the blanks" as i use it, but wanted to see if I got everything on it.

Am I missing something? should I be checking something else while fermenting? Any other useful info you'd put on the front?


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Old 11-15-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Maybe a section at the bottom for "Notes" or "Extra instructions" like if you're supposed to raise/lower the temps after x number of days, or adding dryhops/sugar/spice additions, racking or something like that.


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Excellent point. The image as-is is way smaller than the front of the box, so I could put a notes section easily in there.
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Got a pic of the fermentation chamber?
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/modi...hiller-325290/

that's the post from when I originally made it. I just added casters to the base and a coat of black spray paint, now I'm doing the front with the black chalkboard.

I'll be using it for at least another year, as I don't have room at my current house to expand to a fridge or the like.
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Here's a revised version with a notes field. i also reversed the color, seeing as the background will be black.

The red line in the middle represents the bungee cord i use to keep the door on
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Not to sound stupid... (but I will) is that really styrofoam surrounded by wood w a few computer fans and a thermostat? And you cool it w water bottles?
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Not to sound stupid... (but I will) is that really styrofoam surrounded by wood w a few computer fans and a thermostat? And you cool it w water bottles?
That's all any Fermentation Chamber is. The "Styrofoam" is extruded foam insulation (R Value=5), in 2 layers. once it hits temp (around 65 ish) 1 20oz bottle keeps it at temp for 24 hours or more. I know to change the bottle when the fans kick on for an extended time.

A lot of these things are done in just foam, but the wood was scrap and lends a lot to the durability, obviously.
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Not to sound stupid... (but I will) is that really styrofoam surrounded by wood w a few computer fans and a thermostat? And you cool it w water bottles?
If you have the wort chilled to the proper temperature before it goes into the chamber and don't let the yeast get started warming up it won't take too much to keep it cool. It's when the temperature starts climbing that the yeast get more active and give off more heat which makes them work faster which gives off more heat... kind of a runaway like a nuclear reactor can have (meltdown).

Some people use a small refrigerator (dorm frig) for their cooling source and add the chamber to the front in place of the door.
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So do the fans run to circulate the cool air or only when it reaches a certain temp


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